Since the loss of a single tooth can majorly impact your oral health and the appearance of your smile, good oral hygiene should always be practiced.
While our dentists take every measure to prevent tooth loss, it is still sometimes necessary for tooth extraction. Our Grandville dentists have the experience needed to safely extract decayed teeth or impacted wisdom teeth. A tooth may need to be extracted in the case of:
- Severe decay
- Advanced periodontal disease
- Infection or abscess
- Orthodontic correction
- Mal-positioned teeth
- Fractured teeth or roots
- Impacted teeth
After careful examination and treatment, our restoration dentists may advise you to have a tooth extracted. Before a tooth is removed, your dentist will take an x-ray in order to understand the shape and position of the tooth and surrounding bone. Based on the degree of difficulty, we may refer you to an oral surgeon.
For a simple extraction, we will first apply a local anesthetic to prevent pain and discomfort. The tooth will be loosened with a tool called an elevator and then removed with dental forceps. Once the tooth extraction procedure is complete, the area may be closed with one or two stitches.
It is critical to keep the extraction area clean to prevent infection. We will provide you with dry, sterile gauze to bite down on for 30 to 45 minutes to limit bleeding while clotting takes place. For the next 24 hours, you shouldn't smoke, rinse your mouth vigorously, or brush teeth near the extraction site.
Tooth extraction aftercare involves taking painkillers and applying ice packs to the face for 15 minutes at a time to manage pain. After a routine extraction, discomfort should lessen within three days to two weeks.
Tooth extraction healing time is different from patient to patient based on their unique circumstances. Contact us immediately if you experience prolonged or severe pain, swelling, bleeding, or fever. These may be signs of a tooth extraction infection.
Sarah Palmer DDS and Amy Harmon DDS are dedicated to helping patients maintain good oral health through a range of restorative dental services. If you suspect you need our tooth extraction treatments, give our dentists in Grandville a call at (616) 534-0080.